George Eastman Museum logoMuseum participating in Smithsonian's Museum Day and opens new exhibition exploring war and conflict

Rochester, N.Y., September 7, 2022—The George Eastman Museum will be open to the public for FREE on Saturday, September 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In the spirit of Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day, the Eastman Museum is opening its doors to all visitors for the day to encourage the Rochester community to experience the exhibitions Anastasia Samoylova: FloodZone and Perspectives: Recent Gifts of Contemporary Art, and opening day of the newest exhibition in the museum's Collection Gallery, exploring war and conflict.  Also on view are a selection of moving image works by South African artist William Kentridge and the exhibition One Hundred Years Ago: George Eastman in 1922.

The entire museum, including the galleries and the historic mansion, will be open for free to visitors and hands-on activities will be offered for all ages in the museum's Discovery Room. Volunteers will be stationed throughout the mansion to answer questions.

In addition, the museum will present a gallery tour of the newest exhibition in the museum's Collection Gallery. Since the invention of photography, the documentaion of war has been a subject of interest to the camera and consumers. Curatorial Associate Meghan Jordan will provide an overview of the exhibition at

1 p.m. in the Collection Gallery.  Jordan has been planning this exhibition for multiple years. The museum acknowledges the suffering and hardship of people impacted by recent events and notes that the topics in this exhibition remain as relevant as ever.  

Museum Day is an annual celebration hosted by Smithsonian magazine where participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. The George Eastman Museum will be participating again this year, but visitors to the museum will not need to present a Museum Day Ticket, as all visitors will be admitted for free that day.

About George Eastman Museum

Founded in 1947, the George Eastman Museum is the world’s oldest photography museum and one of the largest film archives in the United States, located on the historic Rochester estate of entrepreneur and philanthropist George Eastman, the pioneer of popular photography. Its holdings comprise more than 400,000 photographs, 28,000 motion picture films, the world’s preeminent collection of photographic and cinematographic technology, one of the leading libraries of books related to photography and cinema, and extensive holdings of documents and other objects related to George Eastman. As a research and teaching institution, the Eastman Museum has an active book publishing program and, its L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation's graduate program (a collaboration with the University of Rochester) makes critical contributions to the fields of film preservation. For more information, visit


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